Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at Penn State Abington offers a broad education that is designed to teach you the dynamics and functions of the American criminal justice system.

You will learn basic research methods for investigating issues that can help prepare you for careers with the justice system. Additionally, the program fosters skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and policy analysis.

Academic Options

Abington offers both bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees in Criminal Justice.

  • B.A. program offers diverse coursework to examine criminal justice foundations and practices, and includes foreign language study.
  • B.S. degree includes skills enhancement courses, which are often used in pursuing a minor.

Career Opportunities

A degree in criminal justice provides strong preparation for a growing market in a variety of fields including:

  • law enforcement
  • courts
  • corrections
  • probation and parole

You may also choose to pursue a law degree or enroll in master's and doctoral programs.

Patricia Collins
Program Chair, Criminal Justice

Dr. Fran Sessa
Division Head, Social Sciences